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When will an improved switch-hardware be released?

End of 2019, I think so too. 16 25.40%
 
2020! 22 34.92%
 
2021. 11 17.46%
 
Maybe.. (other year or theory) 7 11.11%
 
nintendo will only develo... 4 6.35%
 
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Pemalite said:
Lonely_Dolphin said:
I think there wont be a smaller version cause Joy-Con consistency, nor will there be a stronger version cause porting consistency/splitting userbase. The revision will just have better battery life, better wifi, more storage, and a bigger screen size so no bezels.

A successor doesn't need to retain Joy-Con functionality.
Just like the 2DS didn't retain the clam-shell design or a 3D display.

So no detatchable controllers? I think that would defeat the purpose of a cheaper model when it forces you to buy an additional controller to play the system docked. Also the Switch is in a different situation from the 3DS. It had a unwanted gimmick that forced Nintendo to massively cut the price early and take losses. They couldn't possibly price cut it again so instead the 2DS was made. The Switch doesn't need a 2DS, it's selling great as is and can have price cuts gradually. 3DS can fill the cheap handheld niche until the Switch's value gets there.



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Maybe a Switch 2 should gets released in 2022 making it last 5 years and try to get Some PS5 AAA games is what I meant ^_^; instead of of Switch upgrade just like SNES lasted 5 years until n64 . I see the upgrade not getting much AAA 3rd support It would be better for a Switch 2 while PS5 will only have a 1-2 year head start in 2020-2021. that way AAA 3rd parties dont ignore Switch 2 less risky than Switch upgrade like everyone here is saying



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There's no real reason to do so. The Switch itself in terms in hardware is just fine. And Nintendo fans have always been ones to not care at all about hardware.

The next improved Nintendo hardware will be the Switch successor. The remodels I see in the cards for Switch are the lighter/thinner/smaller variety for people who want a more portable-friendly device.



Lonely_Dolphin said:

So no detatchable controllers? I think that would defeat the purpose of a cheaper model when it forces you to buy an additional controller to play the system docked.

If you want cheap... You don't want extra mechanical components to drive up price.
Integrating the controllers into the device would eliminate that entirely... Plus all the duplicated components like the acceleraometers, gyroscopes, haptic feedback, bluetooth, batteries and so on.
Heck, throw out the dock as well.

Lonely_Dolphin said:

Also the Switch is in a different situation from the 3DS. It had a unwanted gimmick that forced Nintendo to massively cut the price early and take losses.

Makes absolutely zero difference. Gimmick or not.

Lonely_Dolphin said:

They couldn't possibly price cut it again so instead the 2DS was made. The Switch doesn't need a 2DS, it's selling great as is and can have price cuts gradually. 3DS can fill the cheap handheld niche until the Switch's value gets there.

And there is a ton of potential cost cutting that can be done to the switch as well.



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I would wager around the 19th of June, possibly around tea time GMT



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Lonely_Dolphin said:
Pemalite said:

A successor doesn't need to retain Joy-Con functionality.
Just like the 2DS didn't retain the clam-shell design or a 3D display.

So no detatchable controllers? I think that would defeat the purpose of a cheaper model when it forces you to buy an additional controller to play the system docked. Also the Switch is in a different situation from the 3DS. It had a unwanted gimmick that forced Nintendo to massively cut the price early and take losses. They couldn't possibly price cut it again so instead the 2DS was made. The Switch doesn't need a 2DS, it's selling great as is and can have price cuts gradually. 3DS can fill the cheap handheld niche until the Switch's value gets there.

Well if your point is to have much cheaper offer of your platform, than probably you will not have Joy Cons and dock functionality for playing, offcourse you will still have regular Switch, and later probably Switch Pro/XL or even Switch TV. 3DS is dying and they will need low price offer on market when 3DS dies, and this would be basicly Switch Mini/Pocket just for handheld play that would effectively replace 3DS price point on market. Dont forget, Switch is $300 while 3DS covers price point from $80 to $200, we can realistically say that Switch will be at around $250 at end of next year, so they well need $150-200 offer on market also, Switch Mini/Pocket would perfectly fit there and would effectively start replacing 3DS price point on market.



I wouldn't be surprised if we see Switch's first, major hardware revision before March 2019. Pretty much every previous Nintendo handheld received its first revision before year 2. 

Original  JP rel date Revision JP rel date Weeks
GB pocket 1996-07-21 GB lite 1998-04-14 91
GBA 2001-03-21 GBA SP 2003-02-14 100
DS 2004-12-02 DS lite 2006-03-02 65
3DS 2011-02-26 3DS XL 2012-07-28 74
    Average   83
Last edited by Kristof81 - on 03 October 2018

Kristof81 said:

I wouldn't be surprised if we see Switch's first, major hardware revision before March 2019. Pretty much every previous Nintendo handheld received its first revision before year 2. 

Original  JP rel date Revision JP rel date Weeks
GB pocket 21/07/1996 GB lite 14/04/1998 91
GBA 21/03/2001 GBA SP 14/02/2003 100
DS 02/12/2004 DS lite 02/03/2006 65
3DS 26/02/2011 3DS XL 28/07/2012 74
    Average   83

You do realize GB Pocket was not the original model? But overall I agree, since GBA all handhelds had a revision within 2 years.



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Whenever a revision comes out, I'll jump on board. I used to buy Nintendo hardware at launch, sometimes even import from Japan before European release date. But Wii U burnt me, and Switch is still largely a Wii U machine given the currently available software lineup. I've said to myself I'll jump on board whenever a revision comes out, or Metroid Prime 4 - whichever comes first.

I hope 2019 is the magic year.